Girija Oak is an Indian entrepreneur and actor, who has worked in the Hindi and Marathi entertainment industries. She has appeared in several famous films and serials such as Jawan (2023), Qala (2022), Mauli (2018), Ladies Special Season 2 (2018), and Taare Zameen Par (2007). She is the daughter of the famous Marathi actor Girish Oak.
- 1 Wiki/Biography
- 2 Physical Appearance
- 3 Family
- 4 Religion
- 5 Career
- 6 Awards
- 7 Car Collection
- 8 Favourites
- 9 Facts/Trivia
Girija Oak Godbole was born on Sunday, 27 December 1987 (age 35 years; as of 2022) in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. Her zodiac sign is Capricorn.
After completing her schooling, she enrolled at the Thakur College of Science and Commerce in Mumbai, where she earned a degree in business management. She has also earned a degree in biotechnology. In an interview, Girija said that when she expressed her desire to pursue an acting career to her parents, her father informed her that he wouldn’t recommend her to producers or request them to give her a role in their films. She said,
My father had made it quite clear to me that he will not recommend me to anybody and I have to look for work myself. He consciously didn’t help me as he wanted me to grow on my own.”
Height (approx.): 5′ 6″
Weight (approx.): 60 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Body Measurements (approx.): 32-28-32
Girija Oak belongs to a Hindu family in Maharashtra.
Parents & Siblings
Her father, Girish Oak, is a famous actor, film editor, and poet. Her mother, Padmashree Phatak, is a pharmacist. Her parents are divorced. She has a stepmother named Pallavi Oak and a step-sister named Durga Oak.
Husband & Children
Her husband, Suhrud Godbole, is a filmmaker. The couple tied the knot in November 2011. They have a son named Kabir Godbole.
Her father-in-law, Shrirang Godbole, is a renowned Marathi filmmaker and lyricist. Her sister-in-law, Mrinmayee Godbole is a Marathi actor.
Girija Oak Godbole follows Hinduism.
Girija started appearing in advertisements when she was studying. In an interview, she disclosed that her fascination for appearing in ads grew stronger when she began watching television dramas with her family. She also mentioned that the catchy jingles from the commercials played a significant role in her decision. She talked about it and said,
When I was a child, I loved advertisements. I remember once the TV was switched on and the commercials were playing. Then someone switched off the TV. I turned off the TV and started crying. I was crying as Jilati Jilati.”
At the age of twelve, she appeared in her first commercial, a Savlon advertisement. She talked about her first ad, in an interview, and said that her classmates used to tease her by calling her “Savlon girl.” She said,
I did my first advertisement when I was 12 years old. I used to get teased in school for being a Savlon girl.”
Thereafter, she received offers to appear in advertisements for numerous well-known brands such as Horlicks, Dabur Chayawanprash, Vim, and Nestle. According to her, she started getting the role of a mother in the advertisements at a very young age.
Marathi Entertainment Industry
Girija made her acting debut in the Marathi film industry with the 2004 film Juiley in which she essayed the role of a character named Juiley Viswasrao Patil/ Kasturi.
In the same year, she shared the screen with the popular Marathi actor Swapnil Joshi in the film Manini in which she played the role of Shalimi. She acted along with Sachin Pilgaonkar in the 2008 film Man Pakharu Pakharu. In 2009, she appeared in two Marathi films, Goshta Choti Dongraevadhi, and Gulmohar. In 2011, she bagged the role of Anuja in the film Adgula Madgula. Girija essayed the character of Revati Deshmukh in The Journey To Her Smile in 2014. She appeared as the main character’s mother in the 2018 film Mauli; Girija shared the screen with Riteish Deshmukh in the film.
TV Show/ Web Series
Girija Oak Godbole made her debut in the Marathi TV industry with the show Lajja, which was aired in 2010 on Zee Marathi. In the show, she appeared as Manu.
In 2019, she landed the role of a character named Mrs. Sinha in Pandu. In the same year, she was seen in #MovingOut.
She acted in her first short film, Quarter, in 2020. In the film, she played the role of Ashwini Ranade. She was featured in the 2021 film Daraar – A Lockdown Story as a homemaker.
Hindi Entertainment Industry
Girija Oak Godbole made her debut in Bollywood in 2007 with the film Taare Zameen Par in which she landed the role of a character named Jabeen.
In 2010, she essayed the character Sejal in Shor in the City and took on the role of Shrishti in Cycle Kick in 2011. For playing the role of Sudha in the 2022 film Qala, Girija received appreciation from her fans and film critics; the film premiered on Netflix and received numerous accolades such as Zee Cine Awards, Bollywood Hungama Style Icons Awards, and FOI Online Awards. In 2023, she shared the screen with the famous actor Shah Rukh Khan in Jawan; she appeared as a character named Ishkra. She talked about her experience of working with Shah Rukh, in an interview, and said,
I shot the movie Jawan for two years. It was a very thrilling experience. Shahrukh was coming to the sets fully prepared. Apologizes to other co-stars if retakes are caused by him. What we hear about him is that he is a very good man, he behaves very politely. All these things are true.”
In September 2023, she was seen in another Hindi film The Vaccine War, directed by the famous director Vivek Agnihotri.
TV Show/ Web Series
She made her debut in the Hindi TV industry with the second season of the serial Ladies Special in which she played the role of Meghana Nikade. The season was aired in 2018.
In 2021, she was seen in Cartel as Rama. She appeared as Kriti in the 2022 series Modern Love: Mumbai, which premiered on Amazon Prime.
Kannada Entertainment Industry
She made her debut in the Kannada film industry with the 2009 film House Full in which she appeared as Neetu.
Girija is the co-owner of an online apparel store named The Fresh Lime Soda.
- In 2018, Girija Oak Godbole received the European Cinematography Award (ECA) for Best Actress for the short film Quarter.
- Girija won the Most Natural Performer Award at the Zee Natya Gaurav Puraskar 2016.
- She received the MAAI Award in Australia for her Marathi play Don Special.
Girija Oak Godbole owns a Fiat.
- Food: Sushi, Puran Poli, Bottle Gourd, Food cooked by her mother, Biryani
- Cuisine: Japanese, Maharashtrian
- Cheat Meal: Moong Dal Halwa
- Girija is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer. She was taught classical dance by Reshma Shetty.
- She is an avid pet lover and owns a white Labrador named Sakura.
- She follows a non-vegetarian diet.
- She occasionally consumes alcohol.
- She is an avid traveller and has visited numerous places.
- Apart from acting in films and series, Girija has also acted in several plays and theatre shows such as Laghu and Don Special.
- In 2011, she danced Zee Marathi Eka Peksha Ek Apsara Ali.
- She is multi-lingual and is fluent in Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, and English.
- In an interview, Girija revealed that she still owns her grandmother’s clothing, including a saree from her youth.
- Girija once claimed that she faced online trolling from her fans after appearing in an advertisement for an internet-based card game. She talked about her trolling, in an interview, and said,
I looked at that ad only as a project. Are people going to stop playing without advertising? I did not think about it in terms of values. I have never advertised fairness creams. Because the original color of the skin does not change. That is wrong. But if I say play rummy, I don’t think it will make any difference immediately. It’s your choice. It is up to you to drink alcohol or not, to smoke or not, to play rummy or not.”